Herman Cain is sashaying in the media spotlight today after dominating the discussion in last night's GOP debate. But there's a problem: The entire political spectrum, from liberals to conservatives to libertarians, thinks his economic plan, which he calls 9-9-9 for its call for a 9 percent flat-rate income tax, 9 percent corporate tax, and 9 percent national sales tax, is a joke. On Thursday morning, even NBC News's fair-minded political reporter Chuck Todd could scarcely hide his exasperation while interviewing the candidate on MSNBC:
I want to just focus in the state of Florida, Mr. Cain, you could have people paying a 15 percent tax on consumer items. This is tough for people making under $50,000 a year...
And Mr. Cain, everything you've described - hang on there - everything you've described -- only benefits those with very high incomes. What do you do for the family of four that makes $50,000 a year? They're not thinking about a death tax. They're not benefiting from capital gains taxes.
Cain also went on to Good Morning America, where George Stephanopoulos pressed Cain hard on whether the plan would "add up to a tax cut for the wealthy and an increase for the poor and middle class."
Sure, you can dismiss that rough reception as gotcha journalism from no-good reporters, but Cain is not finding much support for his tax scheme among partisans of any stripe. The former pizza magnate's economic policy is getting torn to shreds by the entire political spectrum. Behold: